PhD research programmes
We offer a range of research areas for study at PhD level.
Our approach ranges from molecules to man, from bench to bedside and from process to population. Our Centres and Institutes bring together basic and clinical academic staff in broad, thematic research concentrations encompassing basic sciences, translational and clinical research.
There are opportunities to obtain a place on funded PhD programmes, listed below, or for students to apply to one of our PhD programmes and to independently seek scholarship funding to fund their studies.
Wellcome Trust funded 4 year PhD programmes
Exciting PhD opportunities are available on the following cross College prestigious Wellcome Trust funded 4 year Phd programmes
- Translational Neuroscience programme
- Hosts, pathogens and Global Health programme
- One Health Models of Disease
MRC Precision Medicine Doctoral Training programme
The University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with the University of Glasgow and the Karolinska Institute, has received a prestigious MRC award for a Doctoral Training Programme in Precision Medicine, a new and exciting programme integration between informaticians, clinicians and life scientists
EASTBIO 4-yr PhD programmes
Applications for projects starting in 2022 must be made by 16 December 2021.
Current available 4-yr PhD projects funded under the EASTBIO programme. Please note the links will take you to an external page on FindAPhD.com.
- Investigating the 16p11.2 genetic autism risk factor in brain development (Dr Thomas Pratt and Professor D Price)
- Friend or Foe: Establishing genetic factors that control niche adaptation in Klebsiella variicola (Dr T Schneiders, Dr N Holden and Dr Refath Frazana)
- Defining how the PAF1 complex affects antiviral innate immunity (Dr R Sloan and Prof P Digard)
- A neurophysiological study of cortical inputs to the brains representation of direction (Dr E Wood and Dr Paul Dudchenko)
- Investigating tissue-engineered scaffolds for repair of the scapholunate ligament (Dr J Paxton, Dr A Callanan and Ms P Rust)
- Synaptic repair mechanisms counteracting synaptic loss in Alzheimers disease models (Dr P Opazo and Prof G Hardingham)
- Compensatory motor units: What is the problem and how can we help (Dr L Murray and Dr G S Bewick)
- How do human fungal pathogens remodel their genome to acquire drug resistance? (Dr V Makrantoni, Dr M Doitsidou and Dr R Young)
- Thalamocortical control of multi-directional movement (Dr I Duguid and Dr M Hennig)
- Gut feeling: an exploration into how neural sensing of organ volume control animal physiology and behaviour (Dr B Denholm and Prof A Jarman)
- Neural Circuits of Kinship Behaviour (Dr A Clemens and Dr N Rochefort)
Looking for a PhD?
Applicants that have independently obtained scholarship funding (or want to apply for scholarships via the University) should apply directly through the degree-finder website to any of our PhD programmes:
Further information on potential research topics and supervisors can be found through our Centres and Institutes:
- Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences
- Infection Medicine
- Edinburgh Infectious Diseases
- Edinburgh Neuroscience
- Patrick Wild Centre
Information on currently available scholarship funding is available here: